Local health, hospital officials working on Ebola plan

Ebola is far from being a pandemic at this point in the United States, but Piatt County health officials are taking the issue seriously. DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department and Kirby Medical Center representatives have been meeting to have a plan in place should the situation get more serious.

Okaw Valley football alliance discussed with western Illinois schools

Okaw Valley Conference officials have had preliminary talks with three schools from the West Central Conference about forming a new, football-only conference.

Both leagues will have just five members in two years, not enough to net an automatic playoff berth for conference winners.

Memory Care facility coming to Monticello

Teresa Crawford has constructed a pair of 12-unit memory care facilities in central Illinois, but the thought of renovating an existing structure for that purpose had not entered her mind. Then she got a call from Tim Yow, who owns a building in Monticello that formally housed developmentally disabled adults.

Totes may be added to trash hauling options

There was plenty of trash talk at the Monticello City Council meeting Tuesday, as aldermen spent an hour pondering changes to the town's garbage hauling system.

Group wants to feed Piatt County

Over 1.9 million people in Illinois – including an estimated 10 percent of the Piatt County population – do not have regular access to nutritious meals each day.

County board approves tentative budget

The Piatt County Board has approved a tentative, balanced budget of $6,652,101 for the coming fiscal year. Board members were pleased the budget was balanced and praised department heads for “working hard to keep it that way.” The 2015 budget is only slightly increased from the 2014 budget of $6,650,743.

Cyclists travel to Monticello for first Ride for Recreation

Monticello’s first Ride For Recreation kicked off Saturday morning with temperatures in the 40s, but that didn’t stop between 80 and 90 cyclists from traveling from across the state to take part in rides from 10 to 60 miles in length through Piatt and Macon Counties.

Community leader dies at 99

Whenever there was an opportunity for public service in Monticello, Charles “Chick” Finson usually took it. The former Monticello school board, city council, and Kirby Hospital board member died on Oct. 6 at the age of 99.

Another successful homecoming!

A large crowd gathered in downtown Monticello Friday, Oct. 10 to view the annual Monticello High School homecoming parade. Several alumni floats took part, as well as entries from current MHS classes.

Paint Piatt Pink events underway

The amount of breast cancer awareness – especially each October – has increased to the point where medical professionals need to make sure those efforts don’t fade into the background and become, well, pink noise.

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